Platte River Half-marathon Race Report
First, the facts:
Okay, now for the prose…As I’ve said before, my original plan back in January, was to train toward a 11:27 pace - 2:30 finish. My 5-week illness hiatus in Feb/March kinda jacked that up, so my new goal was to finish, preferably under 3 hours.
All week we had been fearing snow, rain, low temps, etc. God did us a solid by keeping temps in the low 50’s, and there was zero snow, and just a brief sprinkling of rain. Whew! If I were to change anything about the weather conditions: NO WIND! Holy cow, the wind really beat me up. For over half the race, it felt like a linebacker was going the other direction, pushing me. At the post-race vendor/food area, one of the easy-ups caught the wind and flew a good 20-30 feet before knocking a woman over. (she was okay)
I’ll spare you the detailed list of complaints my body lodged with me, but the biggest miracle, is that the plantar fasciitis I was told I probably had didn’t really cause much trouble. I was very intentional about my form, stride, etc. and walked through all 6 water stations (plus a few other walks as needed).
Some moments that made me smile:
So despite my moanings and groanings at home tonight (and probably for the next few days), yes….I’m definitely doing this again. After a week or so of rest/recovery, I’m jumping back into training. Next up: Garden of the Gods 10-miler on June 10 and ADT Marathon on Sept. 3!